Cardinal Pandulph played by Joseph Marcell
King John (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: King Lear (UK/European/West Indies & US Tours); Omeros (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Lakeside); Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag.
Other theatre includes: A Freeman of Color (Lincoln Center); Inherit the Wind, King Lear, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew (Old Globe, San Diego); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C); Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Our Friends in the North, Peter Pan, The Great White Hope (RSC); As You Like It (Folger Theatre, D.C); Gem of the Ocean (Tricycle/Arena Stage, USA); Othello (Lyric Theatre/Arts Theatre); Breakfast with Mugabe (Ustinov Theatre, Bath); Radio Golf, Let There Be Love, Walk Hard Talk Loud, King Hedley II, Joe Turner’s Come & Gone (Tricycle); Black Star (Octagon); Hamlet (Basingstoke); Master Harold and the Boys, Peer Gynt (National Theatre); Sherlock Holmes (Broadway); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Co. USA) and Seniors (Hudson LA).
Film includes: Cry Freedom, Sioux City, A Beautiful Life, We Three, Playing Away and Heroes.
Television includes: The Bold and the Beautiful, Jericho, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Brothers and Sisters, Madmen and Specialists, EastEnders, End of the Line, Empire Road, In the House, Frost, Living Single and Rough Crossings.
“Sometimes I think ‘My God, he’s not a very nice man.’ But he’s quite a nice man; he just does not sugar the pill; he simply says it as it is. He is a man of power who doesn’t need to show it. He knows that the Church has the nuclear weapon, which is excommunication. That is the most powerful thing. He’s on message at every move.”
Joseph discusses his role as Cardinal Pandulph in King John, from his changing perceptions of his as the tour continues, the rehearsal process, and the language of the play.